My homemade playdough recipe

Since the day my daughter had a severe allergic reaction to store-bought playdough, I started making my own using common kitchen ingredients. It’s non-toxic and still not edible. Most of the procedure can be done by children with adult supervision of course. If your kids love making slime they would love making homemade playdough.

Recipe at bottom of the page.




1 cup of flour

1/4 cup salt

3/4 cups water

3 tablespoons of lemon juice

A few drops of essential oil for scent (optional)

Glitter (optional)


  1. Add the water, essential oil, lemon juice to a non stick pot and place over medium heat. If you want to make a whole batch of one colour you can add the food colouring at this point. You can also at it to the end after separating the dough into potions to make more than one colour.
  2. When the water is hot, but not boiling, remove the pot from the heat and add the flour and salt. Mix until combined.
  3. Place the dough on your kitchen countertop or on wax paper and kneed when warm to the touch. Add glitter and mix again.
  4. If the dough is still too sticky, add a little sprinkle of flour and kneed.
  5. Store in clear wrap or air tight container that is just the right size for the dough.
  6. Wash hands before and after playing with the dough.

Makes 370g (the amount you see in the videos above).

Time: Less than 10 minutes

Shelf life: As long as it is used on a clean surface with clean hands and stored properly, it can last up to 3 months.

See how I make a LED bulb light using this play-dough recipe below!


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